What is it?
A gastric balloon is a soft silicone expandable balloon that is placed in your stomach in order to help you to lose weight. It encourages you to control meal portions and helps you to manage your hunger.
Who is it for?
Patients between 18 and 60 with BMI of at least 27, who are willing to change their eating habits. Moderately overweight patients who have been unable to achieve their desired weight loss through traditional weight loss methods such as diet & exercise. People who are not eligible for, or who are uncomfortable with, other forms of weight loss surgery who are aiming to lose 10 to 15kg. Patients with good blood test results, ECG and digestive track endoscopy (tests are performed at the hospital before the procedure). You will also undergo a face to face consultation with a doctor.
The procedure is simple and non-surgical. It is performed under sedation. The balloon is placed by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon through a special tube though your mouth. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline (OrberaTM Balloon) or air (Heliosphere® Balloon). When the balloon is full, it is too large to get out of stomach. It floats freely in the stomach and is removed after the period of maximum 6 months, the same way it was inserted. During this time the patient works on changing eating habits and healthier lifestyle.
There is no need to stay at a hospital overnight. You will stay under observation for a couple of hours after the procedure and then released to go the hotel.
The gastric balloon implantation procedure takes place at our private hospital in Lodz. The hospital has its own Weight loss Clinic which is one of the first private clinics providing complex obesity treatment in Poland. This is the most experienced hospital in gastric balloon therapy in Poland. The hospital was established in 1994 and is a Member of European Union of Independent Hospitals – UEHP and is in the process of ISO 9001:2001 implementation. You will find here modern medical and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped operating theatre, monitored post-operating room, single and double hospital rooms (TV, toilet, phone), 3-bed day stay room. You will be treated by fully qualified and experienced surgeons and looked after certified anaesthetists and nurses
Blood coagulation disorders, gastric ulcer, heart diseases, liver diseases, lung diseases, previous gastrointestinal surgery, any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies, large hiatal hernia or other structural abnormality in the oesophagus or larynx, unwillingness to adopt the dietary habits and behaviour change critical to the success of the therapy, drug or alcohol addiction, pregnancy or breastfeeding, psychological disorder.